Indy Editors Weigh In on This Season’s Hottest Tickets
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Solstice is here, which means it’s finally time to head outdoors and start soaking up all that Santa Barbara has to offer in summertime entertainment. Whether you’re looking to catch a film under the stars, a hot concert at the Bowl, or a dazzling evening of performance at the Music Academy of the West, we’ve got plenty to keep you busy. In the following pages, you’ll find our top picks for arts and entertainment this summer. For The Independent’s complete event listings, visit independent.com/events
Salsa Night at Center Stage Theater
Leslie Sack (of Leslie Sack Dance Studio) hosts the first half of this now-annual dance party. From 8-9 p.m., Sack will provide salsa instruction to attendees. Afterward, the system gets cranked up and the salsa lets loose. And when it’s time to cool down, head out to the Center Stage patio for refreshments and drinks. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Center Stage Theater. Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. Call 963-0408 or visit centerstagetheater.org.
Ireland: The Show
Ireland: The Show at the Granada Theatre
From the choreographer of Dance of Desire and The Spirit of Ireland comes this new, dazzling presentation of Celtic dance. The all-ages show features world-champion Irish dancers and musicians, all of whom call the Emerald Isle home. In other words, this is real-deal step. Sunday, July 17, at 7 p.m. Call 899-2222 or visit granadasb.org.
Cirque Wings at the Arlington Theatre
What better way to round out the summer than with a night of fantasy at the Arlington? Under the stars at the historic State Street spot, the aerialists of Cirque Wings will explore the history of flight and man’s centuries-old fascination with being in the air. Expect balletic grace, superhuman strength, and gravity-defying tricks you’d never dream possible. Saturday, September 24, at 8 p.m. Call 963-4408 or visit thearlingtontheatre.com.
• Summer Solstice Festival parades down State Street on Saturday, June 25, and parties in Alameda Park Friday-Sunday, June 24-26.
• NECTAR at Yoga Soup, Saturday, August 6.
• Center Stage Theater’s 20th Birthday Bash at Center Stage Theater, Saturday, August 20.
The Kentucky-bred rockers of My Morning Jacket play the Santa Barbara Bowl this weekend in support of their glorious new album, Circuital.
Pop, Rock & Jazz
My Morning Jacket at the Santa Barbara Bowl
Throughout their 13-year run, My Morning Jacket has struggled to capture their live show on record. And while this year’s Circuital comes closest yet, it’s still no substitute for seeing these five rock out in the flesh. For starters, frontman Jim James is a true vocal chameleon, able to jump between a jagged howl and a poetic folk ballad without missing a beat. Oh yeah, and they’ve been known to shred the hits — their own, and pretty much everybody else’s — for hours on end. Prepare to have your concertgoing brain rewired. Saturday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. Call 962-7411 or visit sbbowl.com.
Best Coast at SOhO
There’s an ease to Best Coast’s sometimes-punky, sometimes-poppy summer jams. And we mean that in a good way. Led by Los Angeleno Bethany Cosentino (and backed by multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno and former Vivian Girl Ali Koehler), the band dishes out an infectious mix of fuzzy surf guitars, washed-out drums, and big, sing-along–ready lyrics. Add to that Cosentino’s oh-so-approachable demeanor, and you’ve got the makings for this summer’s can’t-miss club show. Sunday, July 10, at 8 p.m. Call 962-7776 or visit clubmercy.com.
Steve Miller Band at the Lobero Theatre
Whether it’s the allure of catching Miller in the 680-seat Lobero or the joy of celebrating our hometown guitar hero, this showing is sure to delight. Miller & Co. take to the stage in honor of S.B. pickup master Seymour Duncan and his 35th year in the biz. In addition, proceeds from the party benefit nonprofit Notes for Notes, which is putting instruments, music equipment, and instructors within reach of kids all over S.B. We call that a win-win. Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.
• Eddie Vedder at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Saturday, July 9.
• Saint Motel at Velvet Jones, Saturday, July 9.
• Gardens and Villa at SOhO, Wednesday, July 13.
• Bob Dylan at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Thursday, July 14.
• Liturgy at Muddy Waters Café, Friday, July 22.
• STRFKR at SOhO, Wednesday, August 10.
• The Pajama Club at SOhO, Thursday, August 11.
• Katy Perry at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14.
• The Gourds at the Lobero Theatre, Saturday, September 17.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Before Remy and Linguini, Nemo and Dory, even Sully and Mike, there was Woody and Buzz. Grab the kids and head down to Stearns Wharf for the 1995 masterpiece that put Pixar on the animation map. Here, cowboy Woody and his toy-box friends meet action-figure Buzz Lightyear, then overcome their old-school/new-school differences to conquer the toy-torturing neighbor kid. Screens as part of the City of Santa Barbara’s Free Friday Night Movie series. Friday, August 26, after 7 p.m. Visit santabarbaraca.gov.
• Paul at Isla Vista Theater, Friday, July 15, and Monday, July 18.
• Beatles Stories at Ojai Playhouse, Sunday, July 17.
• Ziegfield Girl at Campbell Hall, Wednesday, July 20, and the Courthouse Sunken Garden, Friday, July 22.
• Soundtrack for a Revolution at Ojai Playhouse, Sunday, July 31.
• The Double Hour at Ojai Playhouse, Sunday, August 21.
• The Neverending Story at Stearns Wharf, Friday, September 9.